im installing the game now so i need to say this before my jaw drops. It pisses me off that i shell out 55 bucks for a great game and the game comes with 5 cds in sleaves.... i want a Danm jewl case!. hehe ok..
I don't have Half Life 2 so I can't say exactly how it's packaged but I've seen this too many times already.
I have to agree with being peeved at what I consider cheap@$$ packaging. The software companies want us to shell out our money and throw a lot into the creation of the games and the marketing of them yet they can't even package them in a semi-protective way.
You finally get a game home and what are you stuck with? A game consisting of 5 install CDs in paper sleeves inside a cardboard box. And, of course, they copy protect the games so you can't make backups in the event your CD so protectively contained in a paper sleeve gets scratched. So now it is your responsibility to safely store away the game after it's installed or, if you are like me, you now grab the appropriate number of jewel cases that you buy in bulk whenever you see the cheap sales in the weekend flyers. And, of course, I do all of this while cursing under my breath.
Yes you'll still need the CD/DVD if you got a retail version. Theres a lot of bitching about it in the steam forums about requiring the CD for retail purchases and not requiring it with steam purchases. Doesn't make sense requiring it since the purchase itself is tied to our account.
i'm kinda thinkin about tryin to find if there's a No-CD crack or something out on the net somewhere, or trying to make an image of my DVD and trying a virtual drive. would probably kinda speed up loading times between map sections.
and yep, the wait was well worth it. i just don't like how much they changed in the game since the E3 videos and stuff. Alyx doesn't seem to show up in some of the scenes where she did at E3. That section from the TrapTown video is no longer in the game (or i just haven't found it yet). Crossbow absolutely rules though. i mean come on, you can't beat red hot rebar for a bolt. and pinning people to the wall is also a plus.
i would figure that the only time it would make a diff is when its first looking for it? seeing that the game is on the hardrive not the disk.
on another tangent though i must really extend my thanks to Valve in making this game so much less power hungry than farcry or doom 3 type games. I mean in my opinion this game looks a hell of alot better than doom 3 ( open spaces!) and far cry (farcry gets the gold in water effects still though). I cant really sting thoughts together lol damn shcool and games not likeing eachother lol. im just saying that man this game seems to be ahell of alot more optimized than anything else.
yeah, the best part of half life 2 is its engine. it's a hell of a lot more efficient than the doom 3 engine, and it looks much better. the great part is that almost any computer with a geforce 3 or higher can run it with decent frame rates. in due time too, it took them many years to develop this.